Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* SIGN UP The eighth edition of the FEI Sports Forum 2019, which will be held at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne (SUI) on 15 and 16 April, will be live-streamed on fei.orgDay 1 will begin with a session dedicated to gender equality, particularly in governance positions in equestrian sport. This will be followed by a session on preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games with a focus on climate mitigation plans and the optimisation of equine and human performance in a challenging climate. The first session of the afternoon will be dedicated to a review of the FEI legal system, including a proposed way forward regarding pony measurement, as well as sanctions and measures related to Eventing Risk Management. The closing session of the day will look at the future of Reining.Day 2 will focus on Endurance with the whole day dedicated to the questions, challenges and reshaping of this discipline.The entire Sports Forum 2019 will also be available to watch again on fei.org, following the end of each session.The detailed programme for the FEI Sports Forum 2019 is available to view and download here, along with the supporting documents and information on panel members.Timetable of sessions (all times CET):15 April – Day 1MorningOpening – FEI President and IMD representative – 09:00-09:30Session 1 – Gender Equality – 09:30-10:30Session 2 – Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games – 11:00-12:30AfternoonSession 3 – Review of Legal System – 14:00-16:30Session 4 – Future of Reining – 17:00-18:3016 April – Day 2 – Reshaping EnduranceMorningSession 5 – Qualification of Horses and Athletes: reducing welfare risks – 09:00-11:00Session 6 – Educating Officials and correct application of the rules – 11:30-13:00AfternoonSession 7 – Improvements and innovations to shape Endurance – 14:00-15:30Session 8 – Wrap-up by the Secretary General and open Q&A Tags: FEI Sports Forum 2019, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.
England’s batsman Rory Burns bats on day four of the first cricket test match between South Africa and England at Centurion Park, Pretoria, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)Centurion, South Africa (AP) — South Africa won the first test by 107 runs with a day and a bit to spare on Sunday as England fell away quickly after dreaming briefly of another miracle chase.England was 121-1 overnight facing a target of 376, raising faint hopes of a Headingley repeat, when Ben Stokes led the English to one of test cricket’s most memorable come-from-behind wins in the Ashes series against Australia in August.But South Africa struck twice in the first session of the fourth day at SuperSport Park, bided its time waiting for the new ball after lunch, and then ran through England taking the last six wickets for 46 runs in 12 overs.England was all out for 268 and lost nine wickets for 147 on the day. “We needed that,” said South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, referring to a terrible year for South African cricket that ended on a much-needed high.South Africa had lost its last five tests and had rushed in a new coaching team led by Mark Boucher to stabilize a struggling ship less than two weeks before the start of the England series.Behind the scenes, South African cricket is in turmoil with the chief executive of the national board suspended on allegations of misconduct and fellow executives resigning in protest at his leadership.South Africa was desperate to turn it around, at least on the field.Newcomer Anrich Nortje led the South African bowling attack with the key wickets of opener Rory Burns for 84 and England captain Joe Root for 48 in his 3-56.Nortje was playing just his third test.Spearhead Kagiso Rabada wrapped up the England tail for his 4-103, clattering into Stuart Broad’s stumps to end it before tea.There are three more tests to come in the series, with the next in Cape Town starting on Jan. 3.England showed signs of fight despite a contagious flu-like illness that had quickly worked its way through the squad and support staff in South Africa. At least 10 players fell ill in the buildup and during the game.Fast bowlers Broad and Jofra Archer, allrounder Stokes, Root and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler all played but were sick at stages. Broad, Archer and Stokes recovered enough from their illnesses to play, although Broad was in bed for nearly a week in the buildup to the test and Stokes left the field on the first day with dehydration. Root and Buttler got sick during the test, missed periods of play, and were put in quarantine at the ground at one point to try and stop the spread of the bug to the other players. Loading…Sponsored Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? “It’s been a really tough week off the field,” Root said. “Pretty much everything has been thrown at the group. But credit to everyone, they stood up, tried to put in the best performance, and at no stage have they let anyone down.”Burns inspired hope that England might get the 376. But Burns added just seven runs to his overnight score of 77 at SuperSport Park despite batting for nearly an hour on the fourth morning. Tied down by South Africa front-line quicks Rabada and Vernon Philander, he lashed out at a short ball from Nortje — Nortje’s second of the day — and lobbed a catch to Rabada at mid-on.Stokes arrived with England needing 218 more runs — the same equation as when he strode in at Headingley — but the parallels disappeared when he chopped a delivery from spinner Keshav Maharaj onto his stumps to go for 14.England’s hopes effectively ended with Root’s nick off Nortje to leave the tourists 232-6.When James Anderson, playing his 150th test, a record for a bowler, walked in as the last man, he shared a joke with long-time bowling partner Broad and they both smiled widely.Their last-wicket stand lasted four balls but England appeared surprisingly positive in defeat.“I think pretty much everyone has been ill now, so hopefully that’s out of the way,” Root said. “Hopefully that’s the end of it and we can bounce back strong.”
U.S. Open women’s singles champion Naomi Osaka poses for photographers after a press conference prior to the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Osaka defeated Serena Williams of the U.S. on Saturday, Sept. 8, to become the first Grand Slam singles champion from Japan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) TOKYO (AP) — Naomi Osaka showed how deep her Japanese roots run: She went to watch Japan’s national sport of sumo and said she liked it. Osaka is in Tokyo this week to play in the Pan Pacific Open, just a week after she won the U.S. Open to become the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam singles title.Osaka was born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother. She has spent most of her life in the United States and lives in Florida, but is sure to represent Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.“I thought it was really cool because they’re so flexible and they’re also very strong,” Osaka said Monday at the Pan Pacific Open. “During one match, he kept slapping the other guy. So I thought it was really fun to watch.”Osaka is seeded third in Tokyo and had a bye in the first round. She is the subject of intense interest by Japanese reporters.She fields questions in English but understands most questions posed to her in Japanese.Two years ago she lost in the final to Caroline Wozniacki, who is the top-seeded player this year.“I’ve played a lot more matches between then and now,” Osaka said. “And I think it even shows that I’m a little bit more mature now. So, I mean of course having experience helps.”She also added that “being more confident in yourself” also helps.Osaka is suddenly on track to become one of the highest earning female athletes on earth, taking advantage of roots in Asia, deep-pocketed Japanese companies, and a down-to-earth manner that makes her quickly likable.Last week, Osaka signed a three-year contract with Japanese carmaker Nissan — no financial details were offered — and she is reportedly close to landing a large deal with Adidas, perhaps in the range of $10 million.The U.S. Open title was worth $3.8 million in prize money.Osaka also has deals with Japanese sporting goods company Yonex, noodle maker Nissin Foods, Citizen Watch and Japanese satellite broadcaster Wowow.___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports